It’s fair to say that Gail and I like our food and we eat well aboard ‘Gleda’.
That’s all down to Gail. She does nearly all the cooking. My contribution is generally limited to BBQ’s and Valentines Day dinner (Duck Breast with redcurrant sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and green veg).
Gordon Ramsey I’m not. Although I have been known to use his brand of language now and again, (particularly when I’m cooking on Valentines Day).
We don’t eat out often. Prices in Spain may be cheap compared to many other places but our budget is still tight.
So, when an opportunity came up to go out for a cheap posh lunch we jumped at it.
Our favourite tour guide Vera has a daughter at college here in Cartagena. Her name is Cande and she’s training to be a chef.
Vera’s a proud mom. You can tell from the photo.
Cande is attending the ‘Integrated Centre for Vocational Training in Hospitality and Tourism of Cartagena’
In common with many other similar colleges, they have a
philosophy of learning by doing’. To that end they have a dining room in the college set out as a gastronomic restaurant. Here the students get hands-on experience of preparing and serving meals to ‘live’ customers.
Vera asked if any of us boaties would like to be guinea pigs on the day Cande had her turn to be head chef.
Needless to say, there was no shortage of volunteers.
Here’s our table. You might spot Gail and I at the head. We know our place!
The meal was themed around the sea. ‘Jornada De Algas’ literally means ‘Seaweed Day’.
Here’s a translation of the dishes.
Guacamole with sea spaghetti seeded crisps
Scallops and cockle salad with sea lettuce vinaigrette
Cauliflower and bacon ravioli with leek cream and goat cheese
Cod with prawn and wakame fideuà (Fideuà is a seafood dish originally from the coast of Valencia which is similar to paella but with noodles instead of rice)
Lamb shoulder with potato foam
‘Bottom of the sea’ dessert
Now I hope you’ll forgive me, but I just had to show you some pictures of the plates we were served.
I promise I won’t make a habit of posting ‘here’s what we ate’ photos. Trust me.
The meal started with little vodka cocktails. Our wine glasses were regularly topped up, and we had coffee to finish.
Cost – €20 each. We ‘re planning to go back! We all agreed that Cande has a bright future ahead of her.
Excellent company, laughter and conversation, amazing food, good wine. It was a real treat and a welcome reminder of what this life is all about.
Other than that it’s been a quiet week.
Nighttime temperatures are still way down on this time last year. It was 4.4°C (40°F) at 8 this morning. We’ve had some decent sunny days though. The chairs have been on deck a few times, we can’t complain.
The book is all but done. The Kindle version is uploaded and ready to go. I’m waiting for a proof copy of the paperback to arrive from the US. Hopefully, it’ll be here before 1st March. If not the PDF proof looks OK, I’ll be happy to press the button anyway.
It’s my birthday next Tuesday and the book launches two days later. Catch you on the other side.